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|Hume/ North of England/ Netherfield
Written by Thérèse
(4/7/2013 5:01 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Beginning at the beginning (as one ought): Chapter 1, penned by kathleen (elder)
I read (link below) that this first sentence was a parody of one of David Hume's favourite expressions, "universally aknowledged" - using such an expression was the very "fault" Hume pretended to fight, thus reduced all his reasoning to nothing. It was a great achievement indeed, for a novel writer, to point a "philosophist"'s inconsistency in just one sentence, to which one can add the title and the argument of the novel. I have studied maths and I confess that sometimes I laugh at so-said philosophists who "forget" logics, so you can guess how little charitably I delighted in such a mightful wit to ridicule one of those. A wit so much on purpose, of course, with the novel...
It has been said that it was not totally trifling that Mr Bingley came from the North of England.
Netherfield was undoubtedly a stately house, maybe can we think of Kellynch, rented out by a dissipated "widower of little fortune", Sir Walter Elliot, in Persuasion? It has been said that many large houses had been built in the countryside around London, and that Mr Bingley may have had a panel of them to chose from, even if he had already pointed out Hertfordshire for the reasons previously exposed.
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